Auchenstroan Coloured Ryelands
We are Adrian and Nicole Doyle and this is our web site where we show our life on our small holding and showcase the products that we sell.
We are delighted to offer a range of handmade felted fleece rugs, also known as “vegetarian sheepskin rugs”. These are made from the wool (not the sheepskin) from our own sheep and no animal is harmed in the process. You can buy them from our shop, please have a look.
Latest Stories from Auchenstroan
We have a lot of stone dykes here and over the years, some have fallen into disrepair while others have been, shall we say, modified. One such modification was a
The last few days have been cold and yesterday, we took advantage of the frozen ground to lay an area of hardcore around the sheep's hay feeders. The frozen ground
A cold snap in November seems to have been a regular thing ever since I was a kid. Each year, the frost would come and it would look like a
Around late October, early November the grass pretty much stops growing and loses most of its nutritional value. For sheep, that means its time for hay. This year, the late
With the onset of winter and frosty days I’ve been busy wrapping up my gardening business for another year. This means I get a lovely rest, oh, sorry, that was
OK, so I was out and about as usual around 8:30pm on a cold November evening when I saw the human and two dogs approaching. I wasn't that worried as
It is our custom to take the dogs out in the evening to give them a chance to pee before bedtime. Often, we have been lucky enough to see a
Many things have changed for us since upping sticks to run a smallholding and becoming ‘country mice’ but one of the biggest changes has been our diet. Now don’t get
Every so often sheep get into pickles. In fact, they’re probably more prone to pickles than other farm animals. We didn’t know this until we became the proud owners of
A couple of years back we built a vegetable patch. It's six areas with a path connecting them all. It took a while to build and all the slabs were
It’s been a few weeks since we wrote about Vera our ewe with “a touch of the itchies”. See earlier story: "Vera gets a touch of the itchies" So, I
With autumn fast approaching and soggier weather, access to the lambing shed (now known as “general sheep/hen/shelter/meeting room”) in the orchard had become wet and slippery. Getting to the orchard